Con Ed victorious in first round of rent dispute with Park51 developer

July 03, 2012 11:30AM

A New York State Supreme Court judge has sided with Con Edison in its ongoing rent dispute with the developer of the controversial Park51 Islamic cultural and community center in Lower Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

Con Ed argued that it is owed $1.7 million in back rent and $47,437 a month in rent for the land, where it leases a substation to Sharif El-Gamal, the Park51 developer, at 45-47 Park Place. However, El-Gamal said he owes just $881,519 in back rent and $25,875 a month going forward. The judge sided with Con Ed in the June ruling, the Post said.

But El-Gamal’s attorney, Matthew Hearle, told the Post yesterday that they plan to file a notice of appeal. [Post]